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How to Protect Your Mental Health During Isolation

During this time of uncertainty, spending a countless number of hours inside your home is the new normal. While this will all be behind us soon enough, for the meantime it’s important to do your part in keeping everyone safe.

Spending time in isolation has the potential to take a toll on your mental health and well-being. However, with a few basic tips, you can protect against this:

•    Stay active: Even though you can’t visit your local gym, there are ways to stay active. Play with your kids in the backyard, run on the treadmill, do push-ups and sit-ups before retiring for the evening. Keep your body in motion!

•    Eat a healthy diet: Now is not the time to fill up on chocolate, ice cream, and other comfort foods. A nice treat every now and again is fine, but stick with a healthy diet. Neglecting to do so will impact both your physical and mental well-being.

•    Get plenty of sleep: Do your best to get at least eight hours of sleep each night. Don’t stay up until the early morning hours watching Netflix. When you get enough sleep, you’ll feel energized in the morning.

While there are other ways to protect your mental health during isolation, these three tips are easy for anyone to follow.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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